I would never argue that Ted 2 is a good movie. If you don't think its… MoreI would never argue that Ted 2 is a good movie. If you don't think its funny though, I don't know what to tell you. Ted 2 is as vulgar as you think it would be, and maybe more-so.
The casting is great. Amanda Seyfried fills the void left by Mila Kunis perfectly. It would be great to see Kunis back if there is a Ted 3 (which I'm hoping for still after seeing the second one). Jessica Barth is more hilarious in the second cuming than the original. The rest of the supporting cast did just great. Both Tom Brady and Amanda Seyfried showed they can take a joke. Seyfried took a few shots and kept right on going.
It's fortunate that Ted was so good because it allowed me to forgive MacFarlane for such a sloppy edit. Ted 2 was sort of a chain of funny scenes more than a good script. If this quality was MacFarlane's first attempt at Ted it would have failed because I wouldn't have gotten attached to the bear. I'm not sure MacFarlane was trying to get too deep with any message, but giving the script a little more thought instead of the jokes would have made Ted 2 more than a hilarious yet forgettable film.
If you're a Ted 2 fan, by all means, GO SEE IT! If you know me and understand my sense of humor, you'll also enjoy this movie.
Jurassic World is a worthy follow-up to 1993's Jurassic Park. The two… MoreJurassic World is a worthy follow-up to 1993's Jurassic Park. The two in-between, well..... Knowing there are going to be at least one more has me hoping they work a little harder on the story than the previous sequels. Seeing director Colin Trevorrow's 2012 Safety Not Guaranteed, I figured he was going to progress into a good director. When it was announced he was going to direct Jurassic World, I thought it may be too much too soon. I was wrong.
It was made easier by this fantastic cast. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard had little to no chemistry, but that didn't stop them from giving fun performances. Vincent D'Ornofrio surprised me as The Kingpin in the Daredevil (2015) series, and does a good job here. In the beginning there was a kid who kept running across the screen (Ty Simpkins) to relay how excited he was. It was getting annoying until the story moved on and he calmed down. The development of the dinosaurs got weirder as the film went on, but after a bit I was just taking it as it came. The story was in place to move things along, and I'm not going to spoil the end, but something I knew was coming was all but forgotten with all the action, then right when I realized it was going to be reintroduced, I got excited all over again.
Jurassic World is a bit long, and it's noticeable. If they could have taken it back 10-minutes or so, that would have made it more action-packed (not that there was a shortage of action) and fun. The attempt at character development in the beginning was mostly unnecessary. There's nothing unique or new in Jurassic World, but it's not a big deal. It's a summer movie and it delivered more than I expected. After being so let down by the CGI in San Andreas (and my expectations were low), Jurassic World delivers seamless CGI.
It's hard to do something completely unique after the first movie. Jurassic Park is in my collection, World won't be. That doesn't mean it's not a fun summer movie worth going to the theater to see and watch again later on DVD or a movie channel. It's entertaining.
The Cobbler continues the long fall of Adam Sandler. Of his choosing.… MoreThe Cobbler continues the long fall of Adam Sandler. Of his choosing. Sandler had the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the like of Tom Hanks and Jim Carrey ( when he had his run of great movies), but continues to choose childlike movies and keeping his friends from their inevitable obscurity.
The Cobbler is well cast. It has a few little known yet entertaining actors with the least interesting story I've seen in some time. There are also a couple of big actors who are getting up there in age. It's as confused a movie as you'll see. Flat, non-funny, and unentertaining about sums it up.
Unless you're some sort of masochist or you just have to see every Adam Sandler movie, there is no need to watch The Cobbler.
Spy isn't just a funny movie, it's good. Melissa McCarthy leads a… MoreSpy isn't just a funny movie, it's good. Melissa McCarthy leads a powerhouse cast in a comedic take on CIA spies.
Every one of these actors worked so well together and with stand-out performances by supporting cast members like Jason Statham, Bobby Cannavale, and the little known Miranda Hart, Spy was over-the-top hilarious. This is easily Paul Feig, and Melissa McCarthy's best pairing, and possibly McCarthy's best movie to date.
The movie allowed McCarthy to be two take on two different personalities, which she did well. Make no mistake, I'm not saying she showed "range," just that she was the best of two different characters she does in most movies.
Honestly, if Spy could have been a touch shorter, I think it would have packed that much more punch, but that's the most I can criticize it. It's not often I see a movie and don't want to wait for it to come out on DVD to watch again. If you're a fan of McCarthy, a fan of comedies, this is a must see.
The only reason I give San Andreas a pass is because it was funny.… MoreThe only reason I give San Andreas a pass is because it was funny. This movie is so bad it had me laughing my butt off. It was like a Sci-Fi original. The CGI looked like it was from the '90's. It was really basic. Just pay attention to the grabber. It'll tell you everything you need to know in regards to the CGI you're about to see. This movie had the most stupid dialogue. You can tell these actors get paid a lot of money, because if they were offered what we make to say these lines, most of them would have walked off the set.
Dwayne Johnson could be an action movie god if he'd take the right roles. I love his charisma and would like to see him every summer, but as far as action films go with him in the lead, he's made some questionable choices. Carla Gugino keeps sticking around, and is an entertaining actress. I didn't like seeing her stoop to this, but everyone needs to work. The chemistry wasn't there between her and Johnson. With this dialogue and storyline I'm not sure anyone could have made it work. I have no earthly idea why Paul Giamatti is in San Andreas. Just like with The Amazing Spiderman, his talents are wasted in something like this.
I would say this movie can wait until it's on a movie channel or Netflix. There is no need to waste your time or money on this junker unless you're in a class about movies that were poorly done in every way. It's worth seeing because of how bad it is though.
Aloha is a massive mess that is beneath every actor in it. Bradley… MoreAloha is a massive mess that is beneath every actor in it. Bradley Cooper makes some good movie choices, as does Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams. The only way I can imagine this cast, that includes Bill Murray and Alec Baldwin, would get together to make a movie like Aloha is that they owed writer/director Cameron Crowe a favor. A HUGE one. And this is coming from a fan of Crowe's. Elizabethtown is still up there as one of my favorite rom-coms.
The good thing about Aloha is the cast. That's it. Even then you have to forgive their lack of chemistry. As hard as Cooper and Stone seem to be trying, there's just no hope for them to blend. Cooper and Krasinski had just as much between them as Stone and Cooper. The dialogue was horrible. Filmed in Hawaii, the cinematographer couldn't even take advantage of the one thing this movie could have had going for it. The stories were all sectioned off. Nothing came together or made sense. Nobody had a consistent character. There's a character named Woody Woodside, for Christ's sake! They must have picked the names of these characters out of a hat filled with the stupidest possible names for Hollywood character names.
Unless, as I'd guess with the actors who got stuck making Aloha, you lost a bet, there is no reason to watch this horrible movie. Not for free, not even if anyone paid you to.
This lovely yet forgettable film starts out much better than it ended.… MoreThis lovely yet forgettable film starts out much better than it ended. It starts to get a bit weird before it picks back up for an ending where I was conflicted because I agreed with the villain. A couple other people I've spoken with did also. If you're one of those people who look for holes in the story, you'll find plenty. If you sit back and enjoy Tomorrowland, the small things they mess up will be of little consequence.
Most of the cast was great. I like George Clooney, and Britt Robertson showed she's able to carry a movie even with heavy-weight costars like Clooney and Laurie. I did think Hugh Laurie was a bit out of place. Robertson created a positive, quirky, emotionally charged kid. The amount of character development before the movie kicks off is just right. It was better done than a number of movies you'll see in any given year. It got me into the characters and had me rooting for Casey and feeling for Frank.
If you took the family to see Tomorrowland, I don't think anyone would be too disappointed. It's going to be considered another flop by Disney just for the movie not going to make the $190 million price tag domestically. It's worth renting once it does come out. I'll definitely watch it again on a movie channel.